Roger Ailes’ denial of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment allegations isn’t getting to the journalist. Instead of back-tracking from her claims, she’s standing by her lawsuit, and is now explaining why she’s finally decided to come forward.
Gretchen Carlson, 50, is standing by the shocking claims she’s made against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, 70, and her former co-host, Steve Doocy, 59. But after alleged harassment and unfair treatment at the network for years, what made Gretchen decide to speak out now? She explains in a brand new interview.
As we previously reported, Gretchen alleged in her lawsuit that Roger “sabotaged her career [by not renewing her contract her on June 23] because she refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.” Roger has denied all the allegations, and says Gretchen’s contract actually wasn’t renewed because of ratings.
“It was cold and calculating,” the 50-year-old revealed, regarding her meeting with Steve in June. “It took 30 seconds. There [was] no ‘Thank you for your service of 11 years’ and there was absolutely no discussion of ratings.” Gretchen also made allegations against her Fox & Friends co-host, Steve, claiming he created a “hostile work environment” for her while they worked together.
“Everyone knew how powerful Roger Ailes was,” Gretchen explained the Times. “I certainly felt intimidated by that. The culture of Fox & Friends was intimidating to me.” Meanwhile, a Fox spokesperson stated that Gretchen “never filed a formal complaint about sexual harassment to the H.R department or to the legal department.”
Six other women have also accused Roger of sexually harassing them between the mid-1960s and 1989, although more than a dozen current Fox employees have spoken out in defense of their CEO.
HollywoodLifers, do you believe Gretchen’s allegations? What do you think of her speaking out now?